PAS1013 - Introduction to Christian Service
An exploration of a Christian's call to service and ministry and the nurture and development of that call within the context of contemporary society.
Upon completion of this course a student will:
- More fully comprehend the God-created persons they are and are called to be.
- Better understand the ministry to which God has called them.
- Embrace the necessity to further develop their ministerial knowledge and skills.
- Envision the incarnation of their call to ministry in present and future contexts.
The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to identify the directives of the Manual of the Church of the Nazarene that pertain to the organization and ministry of the local church and to the responsibilities of the pastor at local and district levels. (CN-29)
- Ability to explain the governance systems of the church at local, district and general levels. (CN-29)
- Ability to write an integrative philosophy of ministry that will answer "why I do what I do when I do it." (CP-4)
- Ability to provide oversight of one's ministry using management skills including servant leadership, conflict, resolution, and administration. (CP-5)
- Ability to manage ministry resources of one's ministry (time, human, financial, etc.) in a way consistent with a church's size and characteristics. (CP-6)
- Ability to conceive and articulate purpose, mission, vision, and to develop strategic plans in ways that strengthen a unified vision. (CP-7)
- Ability to develop team building skills, identify and cultivate spiritual gifts, recruit volunteers, empower laity diagnose and intervene in problems. (CP-8)
- Ability to appropriately manage personal and budget for one's ministry. (CP-9)
- Ability to understand and apply the unique ethical dimensions of spiritual leadership in the church. (CH-4)
- Ability to apply Christian ethics to the issues of the integrity, specifically as they relate to ministers and laity for authentic Christian faithfulness and public witness. (CH-5)
- Ability to practice faithful stewardship of personal relations including gender relationships, marriage and family, personal finance, and professional conduct. (CH-12)
- Ability to describe and cultivate healthy interpersonal relationships through personal communication skills, conflict resolution skills, nurturing relational strategies for marriage/family and congregational interaction. (CH-13)
- Ability to maintain a healthy balance between family, church, and community commitments. (CH-14)
There are no prerequisites for this course.